Abase (a base)
He committed such a base act, that he was lowered and humiliated in the eyes of the world.
Abash (a bash)
His friends threw a bash in his honor although they know that such attention embarrassed him.
Abate (a bait)
Stick with a bait that works, until the bites subside
Abdicate (abide ate)
to give up a high position
Because he couldn't abide what they ate, he gave up his position as king of the cannibals.
Aberration (a bear rat)
a deviation from the normal
A bear as small as a rat is a deviation from the normal.
Abettor (a bettor)
A bettor on a 100-to-1 shot will shout encouragement to the horse and jockey.
Abeyance (obey aunt's)
a temporary suspension
When she didn't obey her aunt's curfew, her punishment was a temporary suspension of privileges.
Abhor (a bore)
The long-winded candidate was such a bore that all the voters despised him.
Abject (abe objected)
Abe Lincoln objected to the wretched state of the slaves.
Abjure (abe jury)
to renounce under oath
As a young lawyer defending an accused murderer, Abe Lincoln declared to the jury that his client had renounced all claims to his victim's estate.
Abnegate (adam nagged ate)
Adam was nagged by Eve until he ate the fruit and relinquished happiness in Eden.
Abominate (a bomb a minute)
When a bomb a minute hit the city, London learned to detest the Nazis.
In an abortion, pregnancy is terminated prematurely.
Abridge (a bridge)
The state built a bridge across the river to shorten the trip to the town.
Abrogate (a brogue)
In a thick brogue, the Irish Revolutionary Army leader called for the people to abolish British rule.
Abscond (able khan)
to run off
Not able to resist the forces of Genghis Khan, the soldiers ran off in retreat.
Absolute (a salute)
He gave a salute to show unqualified loyalty to his country.
Absolve (abe solve)
Abe Lincoln tried to solve our great national problems by forgiving the South after the Civil War.
Abstemious (able stem)
He was able to stem his desire for excesses, was temperate in all things.
Abstinent (abbey stand it)
refraining from doing something
I don't know how the monks in the abbey can stand it, refraining from worldly pleasures their whole lives.
Abstract (abe struck)
conceptual, not concrete
Abe Lincoln struck the concept of two separate nations off his list of possibilities.
Abstruse (abe's truce)
difficult to understand
Abe's plan to make a truce with the South after the Civil War was difficult for some Yankees to understand.
Abut (a butt)
to border on
The obese boy was made a butt of the children's jokes so often, he bordered on committing violence.
Abysmal (a busy mall)
Entering a busy mall during the Christmas season is like falling into a bottomless pit.
Acclaim (a claim)
The child made a claim that he never told a lie, to win praise from his teacher.
Acclimate (a climate)
to adjust to
Florida has a climate that is easy to adjust to.
Acclivity (a cliff)
A cliff was formed by the sharp upward slope of the hill.
Accolade (act laid)
award of merit
Because of the knight's heroic act, the king laid a bag of gold coins at his feet as an award of merit.
Accord (a chord)
The great orator always struck a chord of agreement with his audience.
Accost (a cost)
At a cost of many lives, the Allied forces approached Berlin.
Accoutre (a scooter)
A scooter owned by the rich kid was equipped with all options, including air conditioning and power windows.
From the time of creation, the number of humans on earth has increased constantly.
to come about by addition
The crew of the pirate ship was formed by the addition of thugs at every port.
Acerbic (a syrup pickle)
A bit of syrup on a pickle won't take away the sour taste.
Acetic (a seat ikky)
A seat at the ikky restaurant is always available as the wine tastes like vinegar.
Acidulous (acid you lose)
If you drink sulfuric acid, you will lose your life, as it's one of the most caustic of all substances.
Most of us still had acne at the time of our peak athletic condition.
Acoustics (a coo sticks)
science of sound
A coo of a pigeon and the beat of drumsticks were recorded by the student of the science of sound.
Acquiesce (a quest)
A quest for Aztec treasure can be conducted only with the consent of the Mexican government.
Acrid (act cried)
sharp, bitter to taste or smell
The children acted nauseated and cried when given the bitter medicine.
Acrimonious (acre money)
Whenever anyone came near his acre of money trees, the miser would assail them with angry, harsh language.
Actuarial (actual aerial)
pertaining to insurance statistics
The actual cost of an aerial disaster in terms of human grief is not reflected in insurance statistics.
Actuate (act you ate)
to put into action
Okay men, act like you ate your Wheaties this morning and get into action!
Acumen (a human)
A human is superior to all other animals in mental sharpness.
Acute (a cute)
A cute girl with a sharp intellect is a great combination.
Adage (add age)
It would add years to my age if the old saying, You're only as old as you feel, were true, said the cranky old man.
Adamant (Adam ant)
When Adam saw the first ant, he never dreamed that such a little creature would become such an unyielding adversary to the human race.
Adduce (a deuce)
offer as proof
The losing player pulled a deuce out of Doc's sleeve, and offered it as proof of cheating.
Adherent (ad hear it)
Reverend Jones' TV ad is so persuasive that anyone who hears it will be a follower.
Adipose (add a pose)
Verda wouldn't let her husband add a pose of her in a bikini to the family album, because she was too fat.
Adjuration (add your ration)
When we were school children, Butch would try to add your ration of food to his own plate, despite the solemn urging of our teacher that he resist temptation.
Ad lib (add liberty)
to speak spontaneously
The First Amendment added the liberty to speak spontaneously to the Constitution.
Admonish (add money)
When the coach added money to the college player's account, the NCAA officials reproved him.
Adroit (draw it)
The view is so beautiful that I would draw it, if I were skillful enough.
Adulation (a dull lady shun)
Only a dull lady would not shun the gigolo, but fall for his excessive flattery.
to make impure
The minister preached that adultery made a person impure in the eyes of God.
Adumbration (a dumb brat)
He seemed like such a dumb brat in elementary school that nothing foreshadowed his great achievements later.
In the adventurous sport of sky diving, you cannot afford a single accident.
Adverse (ad verse)
The TV ad with silly verse received an unfavorable response from the viewers.
Advocate (ad vocal cat)
to speak in favor of
In the TV ad, the vocal cat spoke in favor of Kitty Yums Yums.
Aesthetic (a set of ticks)
relating to beauty
Her reason for collecting antique clocks was not just to have a set of ticks but was related to the beauty of the objects.
Affable (after able)
Only after winning the election was the senator able to be cordial to his opponent.
Affectation (affect the nation)
An insincere candidate tries to affect the nation in his favor with artificial mannerisms.
Edward VIII abdicated, giving up an infinity of power for his relationship with the woman he loved.
Affirm (a firm)
to declare as true
The witness made such a firm statement declaring the allegation to be true that the jury convicted the defendant.
Affluent (a flu ain't)
A flu bug ain't concerned about how wealthy it's victims are.
Affront (a front)
That blacks could not ride in a front seat of buses before the Civil Rights Bill offended many people.
Agape (a gap)
open mouthed in surprise
His mouth formed a wide gap as he stood open mouthed in surprise.
The aging process was the topic of the medical program.
Aggrandize (a grand dice)
In a grand casino, the dice players seek to increase their wealth.
It aggravated me when I got a different sum total every time I added the figures.
Aggrieve (a grieve)
The gangster will make your wife into a grieving widow if you offend him.
Aghast (a guest)
A guest in the Bates Motel would be horror struck to know that ghastly murders had occurred there.
Agnostic (Agnes knows tick)
one who neither believes nor disbelieves in God)
Agnes knows how to tick off her father by claiming she doesn't believe in God, but then she calms him down by stating she doesn't disbelieve either.
Agog (a gag)
When they told her she won the lottery as a gag, she got so excited she dropped dead.
Agrarian (agriculture rain)
related to farming
A knowledge of agriculture and the effects of rain are essential to successful farming.
Alacrity (a lack)
Although fast food restaurants have a lack of atmosphere, they make up for it in promptness of service. A
a recess in a room
During prohibition, my grandfather served alcohol from a hidden recess in his store.
Alienate (alien ate)
to make hostile
When the alien from outer space ate the Statue of Libery, it made America hostile to him.
Allay (I lay)
I lay on the beach where a balmy breeze calms me.
Allege (all edge)
All the defendants were on the edge of the seats as the prosecutor declared them guilty.
Alleviate (alligator leave he ate)
Before the alligator would leave, he ate everything in sight, relieving his hunger, and relieving us all our food.
Allocate (alley cats)
The alley cats were distributed bowls of food by the children.
Allude (a lewd)
A lewd exploit of my Aunt Chastity is referred to only indirectly by the family.
Altercation (alter cat)
From the instant they left the alter, the couple fought like cats and dogs getting into angry disputes every day of their lives.
Altruistic (all true)
It's hard to believe but it's all true how unselfish your saintly mother is.
Amalgam (animal al-ham)
The animal called the al-ham is a mixture of an alligator and a pig.
Amass (a mass)
A mass of junk accumulates in a teenager's room.
Ambiguous (am bigger you us)
having more than one meaning
I am bigger than you, our 300-pound boss told us, not realizing the double meaning.
Amble (aim bull)
moving at an easy pace
When Stinky aimed his slingshot at the bull, we kids sure didn't move out of that field at an easy pace.
Ambrosia (embrace ya')
food of the gods
If you serve my grandma rum cake she will embrace ya', as she calls it "food of the gods."
Ambulatory (ambulance carry)
capable of walking
Ambulances don't carry people who are capable of walking.
Ameliorate (meal he ate)
to make better
At every meal, he ate all his food because his mother told him it would make better the plight of the poor starving children abroad.
Amenable (men able)
open to suggestion
Men are able to accomplish more if they are open to suggestion from others.
Amenities (many teas)
Reginald was invited to many teas because of his agreeable manners.
Amiable (aim able)
Vickie's aim is to give as much help as she is able. She is a likable person.
Amicable (aim cable)
The diplomat's aim in sending the cable to Transylvania was to establish friendly relations.
Amity (aim to tie)
We should aim to tie the bonds of friendship between people.
Amorphous (more for us)
Our mother dished out so much more for us than we needed that we became shapeless blobs.
Amulet (a mule let)
Even a stubborn mule will let you work him if you use this magic charm.
Anathema (nasty ma)
The nasty witch Ma Hatfield put a solemn curse on the boys for stealing apples from her tree.
Andiron (and iron)
metal support for fireplace logs
Steel and iron are used to support fireplace logs.
Animadversion (animal adverse)
Even the animals were targets of the reviewers' adverse critical remarks about the Noah's Ark play.
Animated (animal mated)
The animals were mated in captivity to keep their species alive.
Animosity (animal mouse)
Of all animals, the mouse was the only on my mother had an active dislike for.
Annual updates were published to keep the historical records current.
Annihilate (annual nile late)
to destroy completely)
When the annual Nile flooding was late, the corps were destroyed completely.
Annotate (a note ate)
make written commentary on
A note the spy ate when caught had contained his written commentary on our military installations.
Anomaly (a normal lie)
A normal lie is one thing, but Henry's whopper was so irregular it even shocked the member's of the Liar's Club.
Antediluvian (aunt delusion)
My old aunt clung to the delusion that she was a spring chicken despite her antiquated appearance.
Antipathy (aunty path)
Aunty Em chose another path than the Yellow Brick Road because of a strong dislike for wicked witches.
Antiseptic (ain't it picky)
free from bacteria
Ain't it too picky to wear a surgical mask all the time to be free from bacteria.
Antithesis (anti thesis)
The general's son wrote an anti-war thesis which directly opposed his father's view.
Apathetic (a path attack)
lacking emotion or interest
The battle-weary soldier stood in a path of enemy attack, so lacking was he in interest in fighting.
Aperture (ape tour)
The great ape took a tour of the city after escaping through an opening he made by bending the bars of his cage.
Apex (a peck)
The French president gave the U.S. president a peck on each cheek at the summit meeting.
Aphorism (a four isn't)
a concise statement of a principle
A four-man committee isn't what we need to draft a concise statement of our principles.
The ballerina who danced the Sugar Plum Fairy showed supreme poise.
It is false humility to apologize to those you surpassed when you reach the highest point of your career.
Apothegm (apt thing)
Benjamin Franklin always found the apt thing to comment in the pithy sayings of Poor Richard's Almanac.
Apotheosis (a path to the oasis)
deification, perfect example
When the mysterious stranger showed the lost desert travelers a path to the oasis, their gratitude was so great they deified him and worshiped his memory as the perfect example of benevolence.
Apparition (appearance shun)
The appearance of the headless horseman caused the villagers to shun the road at night, as they were afraid of ghosts.
Appease (a piece)
She gave the child a piece of candy to pacify him.
Appellation (apple ate one)
When she offered him apples, he ate one even though her name was Eve.
Apposite (apt sight)
You are apt to sight whales off the New England coast as that is an appropriate place for them.
Apprise (a price)
For a price, the traitor informed on his comrades.
His probation officer praised the ex-convict for his good behavior.
Apropos (a proposal)
to the point
In explaining a proposal to your boss, you must get to the point without wasting time.
Arable (air able)
fit for plowing
Even from an airplane, an expert farmer is able to tell when soil is fit for plowing.
Arbiter (are bitter)
person appointed to judge a dispute
The workers are bitter because the person appointed to judge the dispute sided with the company.
Arboreal (a boar)
Suddenly a wild boar ran out of the trees and charged us.
Penny arcades with no video games are old fashioned.
an original model
The architect's original model illustrated how the building would look.
Ardent (air dent)
Grandpa jumped up in the air and dented the ceiling, he was so enthusiastic about his exercises.
Arduous (hard to do us)
It would be hard to do us justice for doing that incredibly difficult job.
The airy outdoor arena in Florence is a spectacular place for great operatic solos.
Arrid deodorant keeps you dry.
Armada (army add a)
a fleet of warships
In the old days, the nation that already had an army only needed to add a fleet of warships to have a complete military.
Arraign (a reign)
to bring before court to answer charges
It was a reign of terror in which all dissidents were brought to court to answer charges of treason.
Arrant (air rant)
I don't care how much hot air he blows as he rants and raves, he is a downright liar.
Arrogant (arrow gun)
When he saw the enemy soldiers using arrows against his guns, the general laughed haughtily.
Articulate (art late)
speaking clearly and well
The art of the late Daniel Webster was simply to speak clearly and well.
Artifice (art face)
He was a master of the art of keeping an innocent face when plotting trickery.
Artless (art less)
His beautifully crafted art was less liked by critics than the pretentious junk because it was supple and without guile.
The energetic leader rapidly ascended into a position of dominance over his fellows.
He disposed of all his material assets as he began a life of self-denial in the monastery.
Askance (ask aunts)
with a sideways glance of disapproval
When Rodney asked his elderly aunts if they minded his cigar smoke, they said they didn't, but glanced at him sideways with disapproval.
Askew (asks you)
If Sylvia asks you if her nose is crooked, change the subject.
Asperity (a spirit tee)
sharpness of temper
A spirit got teed off when the priest tried to exorcise it, as it was a sharp-tempered demon.
Aspersion (a spur shun)
A fancy movie cowboy with silver spurs was shunned by the real cowpokes and slanderous remarks were made about him.
Aspire (a spire)
to have an ambition
When he saw a spire of the great cathedral against the sky, he formed his ambition to be an architect.
In his famous essays, Montaigne analyzed and evaluated a remarkable variety of human issues.
Asseverate (ass ever rate)
to assert earnestly
Senator Bluster said of the President, "How did that ass ever rate to be Chief Executive?" and asserted earnestly that he would unseat him in the coming election.
Assiduous (on side you us)
A person we would want working on the side of you and us would have to be diligent.
Assuage (a suede)
Biff wore a suede leather jacket to ease the effects of the icy wind.
Athwart (a wart)
across, in opposition
As Christopher walked through the desolate area, he suddenly saw a man with a large wart on his nose watching from across the street.
Atone (a tone)
to make amends
In a conciliatory tone of voice he tried to make amends for his insult.
Atrophy (a trophy)
deterioration from disuse
I won a trophy in weightlifting in my youth, but now my muscles have undergone deterioration from disuse.
Attenuate (attend you ate)
to make thinner
If you attended to what you ate you could become thinner.
Attrition (a trick shown)
A rick was shown to us by the old woodsman of how to start a fire by wearing away a log with a rapidly rotating stick.
boldness or insolence
The Odyssey is a tale of the boldness of a mighty hero and his insolence toward the supernatural powers that opposed him.
Auger (argue easiest)
a tool for boring wood
The carpentered argued over what was the easiest tool to use for obring wood.
Augur (argue unknown)
to foretell from omens
I argued that the future was unknown but the fortune teller claimed she could forteel it from omens.
Despite the sweltering August weather the Queen looked dignified in the parade.
Auspicious (aussie suspicious)
having promise of success
The Aussies were suspicious of the yacht salesman who promised them success in winning America's Cup.
Austere (aussie tear)
The Aussie cried a tear at the severely unadorned Outback.
Authentic (author thin)
The author of the diet book was so thin it was believed that her weight-loss program was genuine.